Who can adopt?

Considering adoption? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can you provide love, time and commitment to a child?

  • Can you empathise with a child who may never have experienced the security of feeling safe and loved?

  • Can you be patient and flexible, to supportively adapt to whatever unique challenges may come from the child's circumstances?

  • Do you have the energy and health to provide a long-term family for a child?

  • Are you over 21?

If you believe the answer to all those questions is yes, then there is a good chance you could be an adoptive parent. We will always make the final decision after taking time to get to know you and your circumstances, but answering yes to the above is enough to start thinking about the process.

"It's amazing seeing him grow and become him, that's what's really fantastic, just seeing him blossom is really profound."

People who adopt can be:

  • Single, married or unmarried

  • From any ethnic or religious background

  • Heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender

  • A homeowner or living in rented accommodation

  • Employed or on benefits

Other factors

Bedroom space - due to the needs and vulnerabilities of an adopted child, they may need their own bedroom and may not be able to share with another child. Having a spare bedroom or being able to create the room in your existing property will need thinking about as we will want to see this flexibility.

Being disabled doesn't exclude you from adopting. In fact, experience of disability can sometimes be an advantage.

Your age or health doesn't exclude you from adopting, although you do need to be fit enough to cope with the rigours of parenting!

Does all that sound like you? In which case give us a call on 0303 333 1216.

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If you're thinking about adoption then we'd love to help.